What We're Reading Wednesdays
What We're Reading Wednesday's posts are probably going to be more for me than anyone else. It'll be a form of record-keeping for me to track what we've read during any given month-ish. For reference, I have a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. In the future, I will include the books they've enjoyed from the library (the list is endless these days!), but for today I'll just be going over what we've read together.
Morning Reading Time
Because we are homeschooling, I thought we would have a lot more time to read. We do have time, but it hasn't been a priority and suddenly we get to the end of the day and we haven't done any reading.
I don't know about you, but around 7 at night I am pretty much out of gas. I tell the kids that I turn into a pumpkin at 7pm. It's the running joke in the family. So reading to them before bed is literally the last thing I feel like doing. And if I don't make myself do it, it doesn't happen.
I was recently inspired by the Homeschool Unrefined podcast where Maren (or was it Angela? I haven't figured out who is talking, yet!) talked about "morning reading time". Their reading time happens right after the kids wake up. One of the hosts reads aloud to her kids for 45 minutes to an hour. The kids can play with lego, draw, etc. It's a nice way to transition into the day.
We've been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and it's been a huge success! Plus, my guilt over not reading has subsided. Win-win.
I am mixing it up with me reading the books and then listening to a story on Audible. I prefer audible because we can listen while we eat breakfast and I can clean the kitchen and go through mail while the story plays. Last week I organized our pantry and our lazy Susan cabinets all while enjoying the story with my kids.
The kids get hooked on the story--they've even been asking to listen when we're in the car running errands. Another reason to love Audible.
Here's what we/they thought of the above stories:
1. Digging for Trouble: A Devlin Quick Mystery--I read this aloud to the kids and it seemed to take FOREVER. The words didn't roll off the tongue, but I think it probably reads better in your head. The story hooked both kids from the start. Dinosaur fossils, friendships, detective work...what more do they want?
2. Magic Marks the Spot--this book came highly recommended for kids aged 10 to 11-years-old while searching on Audible. Hillary, the main character, wants to be a pirate, but she is forced to attend "finishing school" instead. She is hilarious, as is her "pet" gargoyle.
The narrator is beloved by reviewers and I can tell you she's very talented. We're about 1/3 of the way through and really enjoying it!
3. A Wrinkle in Time--This was our first audible book. I never read this story as a kid, but we saw a preview for the movie and we were all intrigued. Plus, it's considered a classic by so many people. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high, but the first half was sooo boring and Meg is major downer. It was hard to root for her. Things picked up once they find their dad, but even then, Meg is a whiny little toot. We all knew that the point of the story is for Meg to find her confidence, but it sure was a drag leading up to that point!
Many times Townes asked to not listen to the rest because it was "too depressing", but at the end they both gave it a thumbs up. Go figure.
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--Not much to say here. This one is a classic. I'm sure you've read it (maybe more than once)! This is our second time through it :)
What I'm Reading Lately
For funsies, this is what I've had on my nightstand recently:
1. As a Man Thinketh--Joe has agreed to do a 'book club' of sorts with me! We are doing more of non-fiction approach: self-development, business, history. This is the first book and it's one of the books that Tony Robbins says 'changed his life'. That's a good enough recommendation for me!
I've only read the first couple of pages because I keep forgetting to give Joe his copy. It's a very short read, so I'm hoping we can knock it out this week!
2. Unschooling Works!--This is also a new addition for me from a woman I found on Instagram. I don't know about you, but ebooks can be hit or miss. This one is definitely a hit! She's a fantastic writer and her story draws you in.
She has a three kids under the age of 7 and they are all being unschooled. I absolutely love the flexible way she is approaching homeschooling and unschooling. One size doesn't fit all--and that's the beauty of an unconventional educational approach. I will probably do a full review on this once I'm done with it!
3. When You Disappeared--I'm not a fan of books that jump around in time and point of view, but sometimes, it's the easiest way to tell a story. I'm not spoiling anything since this plot twist is on the cover: it's about a man who walks out on his wife and three kids and starts an entirely new life while they all think he's dead. I am at the climax of the story right now and I have been for about a week. That should tell you something!
Most books have me so sucked in that I can't put them down. One of the main characters is such a bad person that it's hard to even care about the rest of the story. It has fantastic writing and dialogue, but I don't even care what happens at this point LOL I will finish it, though!
4. Judgment Detox--This is my fourth book from Gabby Bernstein and I can't wait to dig in. She is an inspirational writer and I love how she simplifies Universal Intelligence and our connection to a higher power. Something I struggled with for years after coming from organized religion that I didn't buy into.
I'll do a mini-review once I get through it. I love her work and this topic, so I can't wait to dig in!
What have you and/or your kids been reading lately? We're always looking for suggestions!
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